A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Hard work can pay off. Sometimes friends can be closer and more reliable than family. Don't waste your time on people you can't impress.
Positive Role Models
A young woman discovers who is really important in her life.
A largely Norwegian cast includes actors of all colors and diverse backgrounds. A White person makes thoughtless remarks indicating that she assumes people of color live in bad neighborhoods and commit crimes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults kiss. A dancer displays her breasts briefly.
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"F--k," "s--t," "pr--k," "damn," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Battle: Freestyle is a 2022 Norwegian drama about a group of Norwegian hip-hop dancers who go to Paris to compete in a prestigious dance contest. Energetic and athletic dancers perform incredible physical feats and work out interpersonal problems. People dance seductively. A woman bares her breasts. Adults kiss and drink alcohol. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "pr--k," "damn," and "hell." A White person makes thoughtless remarks indicating that she assumes people of color live in bad neighborhoods and commit crimes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Battle: Freestyle is a routine hip-hop dance competition movie featuring agile and athletic dancers. It's not significantly different from any number of other titles in this growing genre. And it doesn't differ much from similar movies about ballet competitions, barrel racing competitions, bull-riding competitions, or gymnastics competitions. Most dwell on interpersonal conflicts among team members and rivalries. In this case, an estranged mom is thrown in, forcing a girl to choose between her desire to regain a lost parent, her desire to be true to herself, and her need to be loyal to her friends. The Norwegian dialogue might add a little interest and the Paris backdrop makes it pretty. But as a Norwegian transplant to Paris lets us know, bias against people of color exists everywhere, from Norway to Paris.
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